This week I heard a woman say, “A sparrow wouldn’t trade anything for the way it feels to fly.”
And it rang true to me.
Progress, no matter how small, can feel a little like flying. The thrill of your feet leaving the ground, knowing that when you touch down you’ll do so as a different person. You’ll have learned something. Experienced something. You’ll know something others don’t unless they take the leap for themselves.
The key for me has been to keep leaping. Keep trying. Keep flying. No matter how short-lived or insignificant it may seem from the outside. Trying to become a better version of who God made me to be is a better use of my one-and-only life than trying to be better than someone I see on Instagram.
Talking with a friend early this morning, I was reminded how hard it can be to leave behind someone who’s not excited about your growth. When you’re learning to fly, people who are only interested in walking won’t understand you. They’ll misunderstand you. They may be jealous or angry or confused.
What are you doing?!?!? You’re changing. Is walking not good enough for you anymore? Who do you think you are?!?
It’s fine. Go ahead and fly. When you get there, reach back. Maybe you can show them how to learn for themselves.